Blue Water College Access Network

St. Clair County's College Resource | January 2022

College Knowledge for EVERYONE

Welcome to your resource for planning, preparing, and going to college after high school. Blue Water College Access Network is here to provide information and opportunities that will ensure you graduate confidently prepared, with plans for career and college beyond high school. Whether you choose to go on to earn a bachelor's degree, an associate degree, or an industry credential, we can help you get there!

Each month, we will publish a newsletter to keep you on track, informed, and engaged in college activities provided by organizations across the county. To subscribe to the newsletter, submit your email address using this form. Past editions of the newsletter can be found at Contact Nick Beaudry with any questions you might have at

Our College Stories

How do you plan, prepare, and pay for college? Local grads will tell you how!

Beginning this month, St. Clair County graduates will share their personal college-going stories, along with tips for getting to and going through college, including candid details of the ups and downs along the way. Meet local grads with very different stories to tell of how they each made it to college - through poverty, divorce, challenging academics, and more. Be sure to follow @BlueWaterCAN on Facebook and Twitter for the latest college story as it's shared.

In this month's newsletter, we introduce Jessica Christy and listen to grads talk about the people who helped them prepare for college.

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Jessica Christy's College Story

Winter 2022 Webinar Series


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We are now accepting scholarship applications for the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. Deadline to apply is March 13. More information here:

Our friends at Athletic Factory are also hosting FAFSA/TIP Workshops on Jan. 29, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brandon Wardlow will be on site at 1517 10th Street in Port Huron to assist students with completing their paperwork. (More info available in the attached graphic).

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MCAN Launches Michigan ECHO Scholarship

Inspired by the Futures for Frontliners scholarship program, MCAN is proud to announce the Michigan Equity, Courage, Hope, and Opportunity Scholarship. The MI ECHO scholarship provides a tuition-free pathway to an associate degree or certificate for frontline workers who are excluded from most traditional federal financial aid. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who are:

  • Recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • Granted Temporary Protected Status.
  • Classified as Special Immigrant Juveniles.

Learn more →
Visit the MI ECHO website →

Scholarship Available for High School Seniors

St. Clair County Association of School Boards (SCCASB) is once again offering four $1000 Scholarships to four deserving high school seniors. These are competitive scholarships that will be awarded countywide. Any graduating senior student attending a high school or alternative high school in any of the seven local districts are eligible to apply.


Apply by March 4, 2022

View Class of 2021 scholarship winners here.

Colleges with Free Applications 2021-22

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has compiled a list of Michigan colleges with no application fee during the 2021-22 school year. In addition, they have a list of colleges with no fee during Michigan College Month in October 2021.

Counselor Corner

Each month, counselors can find current college and career counseling information and professional learning opportunities in the Counselor Corner section of the BWCAN newsletter. A running compilation of opportunities can also be found on the Counselors page at
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Military Careers and Opportunities Training (ACES) - School Counselor Military Options

On Tuesday, February 22, 2022, The U.S. Army Recruiting Command (Great Lakes Battalion) will host a 5 - hour training event for educators, administrators and community partners from 8:50 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. at the AIS Equipment Construction Corporation and Training Center, 3600 North Grand River Avenue, 2nd Floor Classroom, Lansing, MI 48906.

This event is designed to provide five hours of state continuing education credits to secondary and postsecondary educators, community partners, counselors, administrators, professors and members of the various statewide education organizations in Michigan. The training will showcase the military and the numerous work-based learning programs, benefits, and career opportunities that the today's military can provide to Michigan students.

R.S.V.P. by February 10, 2022.

Please click the link and RSVP today:

For questions, please contact Ms. Sara Horace at 517-372-3109 or Alternate contact: CPT D.L. Kemp at 517-887-5780 or

Military Career Course - Michigan Department of Education

Explore Military Career Options

Are you interested in learning about the career opportunities for students who are considering joining the military? Earn 5 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) by exploring Military Career options! Visit Military Course Directions ( for further details!

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Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) Annual Conference 2022

March 10-11, 2022

2022 MACAC Annual Conference: "Reunite, Rejuvenate, Refocus" at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester

MACAC looks forward to bringing high school counselors and college admissions professionals together for reconnection, networking, professional development, and an opportunity to renew our focus as we guide students in the school-to-postsecondary transition and help the State of Michigan meet the goal of Sixty by 30!


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Xello and MCAN Professional Development Webinar Series

Michigan College Access Network is proud to partner with Xello to host a new series of professional development webinars for K-12 educators in Michigan. Together with Xello, a modern college, career, and future readiness software, we are excited to offer this opportunity to our network.

Starting in October, we will be co-hosting a free 8-part monthly webinar series that will focus on timely topics like how to address disrupted learning and how to use your limited time to best serve students applying for college. You don't need to commit to the whole series; register for the topics that fit your interests and schedule. Earn SCECHs while learning how to use Xello to meet Michigan's Career Development Program requirements and help your students build their Educational Development Plans.


Contact Nick Beaudry, Supervisor of Career and College Programs, St. Clair County RESA

Blue Water College Access Network

For more college-going information, resources, and events, visit the BWCAN website.